MALDEF Recoginizes Fifth Anniverary of No Child Left Behind Act

Federal promise to reduce educational inequality

January 08, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC - The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) today recognizes the fifth anniversary of The No Child Left Behind Act, which was signed into law on January 8th, 2002. The law, which is due to be renewed by the incoming Congress, is the main federal education statute that addresses educational inequality in U.S. public schools.

“Latinos are nearly one-fifth of America’s public school children, and No Child Left Behind is critical to their academic success,” stated John Trasviña, MALDEF’s President and General Counsel. “No Child Left Behind must be carefully reviewed and funded by Congress and President Bush. MALDEF will do its part—especially by preparing parents through our Parent-School Partnership to take an increased role in their children’s education—to set the path for the nation’s future.”

“No Child Left Behind has focused increased attention upon Latino education concerns, but inadequate funding and poor implementation have hindered the law’s effectiveness,” commented Peter Zamora, MALDEF’s Acting Washington, D.C. Regional Counsel. “As we recognize the law’s fifth anniversary and prepare for its upcoming renewal, we urge policymakers and educators to maintain high academic standards and expectations for all students. MALDEF will work with Congress and the Administration to approve legislation that will satisfy our nation's commitment to educational opportunity.”

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